Is housing looking up?

USA Today posted an article entitled: “Housing outlook is more upbeat.”  Apparently, it’s believed that the housing market is finally nearing the bottom for good.  According to the article, both home sales and home building are expected to rise this year–after the steep decrease in both the past five years.  Here are just a few …

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Servicers Expand to Assist Distressed Homeowners

With delinquent mortgages at unprecedented levels, sheer market conditions command a staff the size of a small army dedicated to working with distressed borrowers. Servicers have added thousands to their loss mitigation teams over the past few years and most are still recruiting. Wells Fargo has hired and trained 10,000 additional people to work with …

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California expands ‘Hardest Hit’ eligibility for distressed homeowners

California has expanded the pool of borrowers who could qualify for three programs aimed at helping families at risk of losing their homes, by making those who tapped their home equity or who took out loans after Jan. 1, 2009, eligible for assistance. The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) is administering nearly $2 billion in …

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Mortgage Employment Cut in Half in Last Five Years

More than a half million people worked in mortgage lending as of October 2005 — the highest month on record. Five years later, fewer than half are left. Headcount in real estate finance fell by another thousand during the third quarter of this year, according to industry data released Monday. During the July-September period, 3,216 …

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